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li·lac

 (lī′lək, -lŏk, -lăk)
n.
1. Any of various shrubs of the genus Syringa, especially S. vulgaris, which has been widely cultivated for its clusters of fragrant flowers that are usually purplish or white but may be pink, blue, or creamy yellow depending on the cultivar.
2. A pale to light or moderate purple.

[Obsolete French, from Arabic līlak, from Middle Persian nīlak, from nīl, indigo, from Sanskrit nīlī, from nīla-, dark blue.]

li′lac adj.

lilac

(ˈlaɪlək)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: syringa any of various Eurasian oleaceous shrubs or small trees of the genus Syringa, esp S. vulgaris (common lilac) which has large sprays of purple or white fragrant flowers
2. (Plants) French lilac another name for goat's-rue1
3. (Colours)
a. a light or moderate purple colour, sometimes with a bluish or reddish tinge
b. (as adjective): a lilac carpet.
[C17: via French from Spanish, from Arabic līlak, changed from Persian nīlak bluish, from nīl blue]

li•lac

(ˈlaɪ lək, -lɑk, -læk)

n.
1. any shrub of the genus Syringa, of the olive family, as S. vulgaris, having large clusters of fragrant purple or white flowers.
2. pale reddish purple.
adj.
3. having the color lilac.
[1615–25; < Sp < Arabic līlak < Persian, assimilated variant of nīlak bluish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lilac - any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowerslilac - any of various plants of the genus Syringa having large panicles of usually fragrant flowers
genus Syringa, Syringa - genus of Old World shrubs or low trees having fragrant flowers in showy panicles: lilacs
Himalayan lilac, Syringa emodi - robust upright shrub of mountains of northern India having oblong-elliptic leaves and pale lilac or white malodorous flowers
Hungarian lilac, Syringa josikaea, Syringa josikea - central European upright shrub having elliptic leaves and upright clusters of lilac or deep violet flowers
Syringa persica, Persian lilac - small densely branching Asiatic shrub having lanceolate leaves and panicles of fragrant lilac flowers
Japanese tree lilac, Syringa amurensis japonica, Syringa reticulata - small tree of Japan having narrow pointed leaves and creamy-white flowers
Japanese lilac, Syringa villosa - lilac of northern China having ovate leaves and profuse early summer rose-lilac flowers
common lilac, Syringa vulgaris - large European lilac naturalized in North America having heart-shaped ovate leaves and large panicles of highly fragrant lilac or white flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Adj.1.lilac - of a pale purple color
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
Translations
لَيْلَكلَيْلَكٌلَيْلَكُلَيْلَكي
šeříkšeříkovýlila
syrensyrenfarvetsyrentrælilla
lilla
liilasyreenivioletti
jorgovanljubičast
halványlilalilaorgonaorgonabokororgonafa
dísarunnur, sírenalillablár litur
ライラックライラック色の
라일락연보라색
alyvaalyvų spalva
ceriņiceriņkrāsas-
liliacliliachiu
fialová farbaorgován
syrenlila
ดอกไลแลคมีสีม่วงแดงหรือขาวมีกลิ่นหอมที่มีสีม่วงอ่อน
có màu hoa tử đinh hươnghoa tử đinh hương

lilac

[ˈlaɪlək]
A. N (Bot) → lila f; (= colour) → lila m, color m lila
B. ADJde color lila

lilac

[ˈlaɪlək]
n
(= bush, flower) → lilas m
(= colour) → lilas m
adjlilas inv

lilac

n
(= plant)Flieder m
(= colour)(Zart)lila nt
adjfliederfarben, (zart)lila

lilac

[ˈlaɪlək]
1. n (flower) → lillà m inv; (colour) → lilla m inv
2. adjlilla inv

lilac

(ˈlailək) noun
1. a type of small tree with bunches of white or pale purple flowers.
2. (also adjective) (of) a pale, usually pinkish, purple colour. lilac sheets.

lilac

لَيْلَكٌ, لَيْلَكُ šeřík, šeříkový lilla, syren Flieder, fliederfarben λιλά, πασχαλιά lila liila, syreeni lilas jorgovan, ljubičast lilla, lillà ライラック, ライラック色の 라일락, 연보라색 lila, sering lilla, syrin bez, liliowy lilás сиреневый, сирень lila, syren ดอกไลแลคมีสีม่วงแดงหรือขาวมีกลิ่นหอม, ที่มีสีม่วงอ่อน leylak, leylak renkli có màu hoa tử đinh hương, hoa tử đinh hương 淡紫色的, 紫丁香
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He felt his way through the lilacs, along the boxwood hedge, up to the south wing of the Big House, where Miss Nellie d'Arnault practised the piano every morning.
Her mother helped her into the stage coach, deposited a bundle and a bouquet of lilacs beside her, superintended the "roping on" behind of an old hair trunk, and finally paid the fare, counting out the silver with great care.
It was when the great lilacs and laburnums in the old-fashioned gardens showed their golden and purple wealth above the lichen-tinted walls, and when there were calves still young enough to want bucketfuls of fragrant milk.
As she sang these first two lines, with her bunch of roses and lilacs in her hand, Christine, raising her head, saw the Vicomte de Chagny in his box; and, from that moment, her voice seemed less sure, less crystal-clear than usual.
de la Rocheaimard was fond of coming in the fine mornings of June, for many of the roses and lovely Persian lilacs that once abounded there still remained.
It was a long, not very broad strip of cultured ground, with an alley bordered by enormous old fruit trees down the middle; there was a sort of lawn, a parterre of rose-trees, some flower-borders, and, on the far side, a thickly planted copse of lilacs, laburnums, and acacias.
What a difference from six years ago, when the cherry-trees, adorned in their green spring dress and laden with their bridal flowers, smiled at my departure along the Vaudois fields, and the lilacs of Burgundy threw great gusts of perfume into my face
We walked down to the Place Saint-Michel to buy some lilacs.
I think it must have had honeysuckle over the parlor window and lilacs in the front yard and lilies of the valley just inside the gate.
There was a long row of them in the orchard, with a Lombardy poplar at either end, and a hedge of lilacs behind.
He rose up slowly from the bench where he was sitting, beneath a thick bush of jessamine and some blossoming lilacs that were running riot, so that he was almost hidden among the leaves.
There were only the old housekeeper and her handmaiden in the house, so that on the plea of not giving too much trouble I could indulge what my other half calls my fantaisie dereglee as regards meals-- that is to say, meals so simple that they could be brought out to the lilacs on a tray; and I lived, I remember, on salad and bread and tea the whole time, sometimes a very tiny pigeon appearing at lunch to save me, as the old lady thought, from starvation.